THE BEST VIDEO GAMES OF 2016 (SO FAR), RANKED
1. The Division
Release date: March 8th
Why it’s great: The first few months of 2016 offered a fair amount of standard action fare (the Stone Age riff Far Cry Primal, the head-smashing Dying Light expansion), but it wasThe Division that managed that first gun-toting gold star. Combining elements of single-player, mission-driven, loot-filled action with a gripping player-versus-player arena, The Division piggybacked off Destiny and the like and got off to a damn strong start. While the game will evolve over time, its smart design, fantastic combat, and realistic depiction of a post-virus New York combine to make it a first-rate shooter for teams and one-off players alike. Team up with friends, betray strangers, or go it alone, and The Divisionkeeps the content coming well after the endgame with the anything-goes “Dark Zone” arena.
How to play: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows